SWAN Day Chicago 2017

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Support Women Artists Now, better known as SWAN Chicago, had their 4th annual art show at The Annex on Chicago Ave. last weekend. This was my third time attending one of these events. I missed last year’s showing, so I had to make it this one. Especially since one of my friends, Caira Conner, was one of the featured artists. This year’s theme was digital art and the artists did not disappoint. The free drinks definitely helped everyone get into the mood and the space was open and inviting. Definitely an upgrade on previous years, where we were all packed into a tiny gallery space barely able to navigate due to the crowd.

Check out all the artists and their work on Instagram! And follow @swandaychicago to stay in the know for next year’s event.

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My friend Caira’s designs. Pictured here with her boyfriend Jason. Adorbs.

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Monica!!! Close up of her cute print flats.

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@dxlynnx was here!! LOL

Tata for now!!

#OOTD: Denim Overalls

I just really wanted to show off my new overalls my sister got me for Christmas last year. She works at HM so she has the hook up with that discount. Every dollar saved counts! I’m excited about this particular pair of overalls, because they’re a replacement for the pair that was lost when Megabus lost my suitcase, found it, and then donated it. That is a long and angry blog post for another day.

I hope this post inspires you to wear more denim this year. Start by buying yourself a pair of cute denim overalls. You’ll thank me later.

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Coat: Crossroads Trading Company
Overalls: HM
Crop Top: Forever 21
Necklace: Topshop
Bracelets: Red: Mom’s Jewelry; Gold: Victoria’s Secret
Shoes: DSW
Sunglasses: Detroit Street Market

BLOOPERS

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I look high.
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Classic hood girl pose.

Bye Y’all!!

#OOTW: Print Jacket & Denim

Sometimes all you need is a great jacket to complete even the most basic ensemble.

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Coat: Zara
Tank: Forever 21
Jeans: Forever 21
Shoes: Aldo Shoes
Belt: Took From My Mom
Earrings: Topshop
Necklace: Took From My Mom

BLOOPERS

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When you have no idea what to do with your arms.
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No. Just no. LOL

Bye Bye For Now!

3 Easy Tips For Faster Hair Growth

Getting your hair to grow can be a frustrating process, but it doesn’t have to be. One of my old coworkers commented on how long my hair had gotten on Instagram and asked about my hair regiment. I replied that I really don’t do much and that’s true. I firmly believe that the less you’re in your hair the better. But to get more specific and to create a writing sample for this hair magazine I’m interviewing with, here are three simple tips to help you reach your ideal length.

Tip 1: Use little to no heat.
It doesn’t take much for hair to get heat damaged if you’re using too high of a heat setting or not using a heat protectant when styling. Put the flat iron and curlers down and try to use heat as little as possible.

Tip 2: Trim your ends monthly.
Your ends are the oldest part of your hair and when not taken care of they tend to split. Getting monthly trims will help get rid of dead and damaged hair, which will lead to healthy hair growth.

Tip 3: Don’t over manipulate your hair.
Putting a lot of stress on your hair from over styling will cause your hair breakage over time. Work low maintenance hair styles into your daily routine to put less stress on your hair.

Hope this helps! What do you do to maintain length? Let me know in the comments.

 

Stay Warm and Go Buy A Long, Oversized Cardigan

You need an oversized cardi in your life. You really do. What’s a cardi? Well, that’s short for cardigan. The thing you need in you’re closet right now. And, I’m not talking about those short, cutesy cashmere sweaters that your grandmother bought you. I’m talking the extra long, swaying around your legs, maybe fitted or oversized sweaters you’ve seen you’re favorite editors or style bloggers wearing around. This staple piece is perfect for any occasion!

I really don’t know what I’d do without my long cardigan sweaters. They’re great layering pieces for any season. From spring to fall, you can use them whenever the weather or outfit calls for one. You get both form and function out of these sweaters. You’re not suffering trying to look cute in a cardigan, you’re warm and comfortable in a fabulous outfit. And, when the wind blows and catches the ends of it just right you better get your camera ready for a photo shoot right then and there. It’s best to have a friend around who understands you’re level of Instagram crazy, so they know how important it is to get that perfect shot to your followers.

Here’s a few different examples to help you with your styling or Pinterest board needs. Go out and buy the perfect long, oversized cadigan for 2017. You’ll thank me later.

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From UrbanBushBabes.com

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Photo By Victoria Adamson

 

 

Just Me and My Camera

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Out of all the photos Tatianna took from this shoot I like these the best. We went to at least 4 or 5 different murals around Chicago between Harrison and Roosevelt. Just snapping pictures of each other on our phones and chatting about this and that. Lovely way to start the summer.

Dress: Kohl’s
Shoes: Gap Outlet
Sunglasses: Zara
Necklace: Urban Outfitters